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Kern Community Foundation Establishes Community Disaster Relief Fund

Friday, July 1, 2016

In response to the Erskine Fire in the Kern River Valley the Kern Community Foundation has established the Community Disaster Relief Fund. The fund may receive gifts from individuals, corporations, and private foundations. The Foundation has a history of helping the Kern River Valley community and will be able to deliver monetary assistance efficiently and effectively. 

First and foremost, the fund will provide assistance to communities impacted by the Erskine Fire. The focus of the fund is to provide assistance in the areas of resettlement, rebuilding, and infrastructure within the affected area. If donors are interested in supporting emergency and response, we recommend considering organizations on the attached Fire Resource List. 

With respect to future fires and natural disasters in Kern County, the Community Disaster Relief Fund will remain in place in order to provide assistance should the need arise again. 


For more information, who should I contact?
To learn more about the Community Disaster Relief Fund, contact Kern Community Foundation at 661.325.5346 or [email protected].  

How will the money be used?
The Foundation will work with nonprofit and government stakeholders, establishing safeguards to secure proper distribution of the funds, which will be used for long term relief: resettlement, rebuilding, and infrastructure within the affected area.  

How can nonprofits received funds to provide fire relief services? 
Nonprofits may request funding from the Community Disaster Relief Fund by filling out the Request for Assistance Form.   

Can individuals receive money from the Foundation?
If you are an individual in need of immediate assistance please contact one of the organizations on the attached Fire Resource List.  

How can I make a donation?
Credit card donations can be made online by visiting and clicking Donate Now. Select Erskine Fire – Community Disaster Relief Fund from the drop down “I would like to support” menu. The Foundation is not able to assume credit card fees; to avoid this, donors may mail a check payable to: Kern Community Foundation - Memo - Community Disaster Relief Fund. Mail to: Kern Community Foundation, 3300 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 220, Bakersfield, CA 93308. 

What about fees?
100% of funds donated by individuals and families for the Erskine Fire will go directly to provide assistance and fund recovery efforts, excluding credit card transaction fees. Funds donated by corporations and institutional funders will be charged a one-time,  1% administrative fee.  All annual fund assessments will be waived during the first two years of operation. We reserve the right to begin assessing the Fund after July 1, 2018 based upon the standard fee schedule in place at  that time.   

Fire Resource List   

Erskine Fire Fund
A partnership between Kern River Valley Revitalization, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley, Kern River Valley Family Resource Center, and the Kern Valley Exchange Club. To raise money to assist Kern River Valley individuals and families with unfunded expenses due to the Erskine Fire. Kern River Valley Revitalization EIN 77-0437023. Checks to KRVR Erskine Fire Fund, PO Box 2884, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-2884. More information online at:

American Red Cross of Central California, Kern County Chapter
Providing emergency shelters to those displaced. Safe & Well site to connect with loved ones affected by the fire. Donate online at and select “support your local chapter” to make a donation. Donate by phone by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. More information online:

Lake Isabella Food Pantry
Non-perishable food donations. Attn: Steve, 4621 Lake Isabell Blvd., Lake Isabella, CA 93240 (760) 379-4825  

Elks Lodge, in partnership with the Salvation Army
Drop-off site for donated goods, in need of non-perishable foods. No longer accepting non-food donations.
6708 Wofford Blvd., Wofford Heights, CA 93285 (760) 376-6475  

Lake Isabella County Animal Shelter
Animal-related donations. 14891 Highway 178, Lake Isabella, CA 93240 (760) 378-1131  

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